Luke Bryan Embraces His Roots With ‘Southern and Slow’ [LISTEN]

Luke Bryan just released a new song, this one embracing his Georgia roots. The 47-year-old just dropped “Southern and Slow,” from his forthcoming new album. The song was written by Matt Dragstrem, Josh Thompson and Chase McGill.

“‘Southern and Slow’ reflects on simple times,” Bryan explains. “Those picture-perfect moments like the sun setting behind a water tower, honey dripping off a spoon, well, it doesn’t get much [more country] than that. Let’s slow it down southern style because this life seems to be moving faster than ever.”

Bryan is currently enjoying a Top 15 hit with “But I Got A Beer In My Hand,” also from his next record. The father of two recently released the video for the fun song,

“It’s about a guy that obviously, his girl leaves him and he’s expecting to really be down about it,” Bryan says. “Instead, he goes out, gets a beer in his hand, starts partying and life’s pretty good.”

Bryan intentionally dropped “But I Got A Beer In My Hand” in time for fans to enjoy during the warm weather months.

“I feel like ‘But I Got A Beer In My Hand’ is something that’s really, really a fun song for the summer,” Bryan says. “I think people can just sit back and listen to it when they’re at a concert, hold a beer up, have fun, dance. I know I had a big song with ‘Drink a Beer,’ but maybe this will be my second beer song that does pretty well. I think you can sing about beer a lot in country music. It seems to work pretty well.”

The American Idol judge hasn’t shared a title or release date for his new record, but he does hint that there will be a lot of songs on his next project.

“We’ve got several things recorded. I’d say we got around ten songs recorded, probably going to record six, seven, eight more songs just to be able to put out a full-length LP,” Bryan tells Audacy‘s Katie & Company. “As I find the songs, as I write songs that I really love, we’ll go in the studio and record them and just keep adding layer upon layer to the album, and just try to put out hit songs and try to put out songs that I feel like will really speak to my fans.”

Bryan’s debut single, “All My Friends Say,” was released in 2007. Since then, the country music hitmaker has had a long and steady career, which he attributes to hard work, tenacity, and finally feeling comfortable in his own skin, on and off stage.

“For most of my career I went up there going, ‘I got to prove myself.’ So it’s really liberating and gratifying to just go, ‘I am what I am,’” Bryan tells People. “I earned it the old-fashioned way: working my butt off. A lot of people have propped me up and helped me along the way, and I hope they can enjoy the ride too.”

Bryan will continue his Country On Tour with a stop at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, August 12. His final dates for his Las Vegas residency, Luke Bryan: VEGAS, will take place in December and January. He will also embark on his Farm Tour in September. Find “But I Got A Beer In My Hand” and all of Bryan’s music and upcoming shows at

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